In 1999, a music festival took place in upstate New York that became a social experiment. There were riots, looting, and numerous assaults. And it was set to a soundtrack of the era’s most aggressive rock bands. Incredibly, it was the third iteration of Woodstock, a festival known for peace, love, and hippie idealism. But Woodstock ’99 revealed some hard truths behind the myths of the 1960s, and the danger that nostalgia can engender.
The Ringer posted this quick teaser via Twitter:
This is 'BREAK STUFF: THE STORY OF WOODSTOCK '99,' an eight-part documentary podcast about the giant music festival that turned into a massive disaster, hosted by @Steven_Hyden w/ interviews from the bands, the attendees, and more: https://t.co/hgOUlgY4Y8 pic.twitter.com/cUeU0FQ3ue
— The Ringer (@ringer) July 7, 2019
“For the past seven months, I’ve talked with anyone I can find who’s associated with Woodstock ’99” and “I wanted to know why the last major music festival of the 20th century turned into a disaster” is really all I needed to hear to get excited about what we’d hear during the eight-part series. Can’t wait.
Episodes get released starting on July 9th.
Here’s the link to the show.